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									                                             Dental Assisting Program
                   A Joint Admissions Program with the University of Medicine and Dentistr y of NJ
                           Division of Nursing & Allied Health — Curriculum Code: 6005
                        Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate in Dental Assisting
                                  (Also see General Science - A.S. Degree Program)
                                                                Upon completion of this program, graduates will be
 Why major in Dental Assisting?                                 able to:
 Dental Assistants help dentists in caring for patients. This
 certificate program, offered jointly by Essex County            Take the Certified Dental Assistants Examination
 College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
 New Jersey, prepares students to take the licensing
                                                                  (CDA) administered by the Dental Assisting
 exam to qualify to work with dentists. Dental Assistants         National Board
 can earn a competitive salary, work in a professional
 environment, and enjoy the advantages of flexible work          Perform the following duties:
 hours. The program is accredited by the American Dental
 Association/Council on Dental Education/Dental Assisting           -   Assist the dentist in all phases of treatment
 Section.                                                           -   Sterilize instruments
                                                                    -   Prepare treatment rooms
 If I major in Dental Assisting, can I transfer to an               -   Provide patient eduction and nutritional
 upper-division college or university?                                  counseling
 The major is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to         -   Arrange and confirm appointments
 a baccalaureate program. However, credits earned upon              -   Prepare dental insurance claims
 program completion can be applied to Essex County                  -   Expose, process, and mount radiographs
 College’s associate degree program in Dental Hygiene.              -   Perform a variety of intra-oral expanded
 Also other colleges and universities, including Thomas                 functions
 Edison State College and the University of Medicine and
 Dentistry of New Jersey, may apply most or all of the
                                                                    -   Fabricate mouth guards
 courses you have taken toward a baccalaureate program.             -   Work as members of a dental team
                                                                    -   Perform basic laboratory procedures
 Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I                 -   Select and transfer instruments to the dentist
 start taking courses in my major?
 Admission into the professional component of the pro -
 gram is selective. Application deadline is May 1 for
 enrollment in the following spring semester. Each stu-
 dent must meet with a program advisor prior to sub-
 mission of an application. The following are the mini -
 mum requirements for admission:
 • Be at the college level in reading, English, and mathe -
   matics, which may require the completion of develop -
   mental courses based on placement test scores.
 • Have a grade of “C” or better in each of the following
   pre-requisite courses: BIO 121, ENG 101, PSY 101
   and a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher.

 How long will it take for me to complete this
 • If you do not need developmental courses and have
   completed the pre-requisite courses for admission, you
   can complete the professional phase of the program in
   two academic semesters as a full-time student.
 • Some courses may be web-based. Students must
   have computer and Internet access.

 Where should I direct specific questions
 about this program?
 Call the Allied Health Division at (973) 877-1868/1865.

                               Dental Assisting — Certificate Program
                                     (Also see General Science - A.S. Degree Program)

  (10 c redits)                                                      COURSES:**

  Communications (3 credits)                                         See program advisor for recommended sequence of
  ENG 101 College Composition I                                 3    general education requirements.

  Social Science (3 credits)                                         Spring Semester
  PSY 101 General Psychology I                                  3
                                                                     DHY      101 Dental Head & Neck Anatomy                    3
  Lab Science (4 credits)                                            DHY      112 Intro. To the Dental Professions              4
  BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I                                4    DAS      103 Dental Materials                              3
                                                                     DHY      110 Medical Emergencies in the
  MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:                                                      Dental Office                                 1
  (23 c redits)                                                      DHY      205 Dental Specialties I                          1
  DAS      103 Dental Materials*                                3
  DAS      106 Dental Science*                                  2    Fall Semester
  DAS      107 Clinical Assisting*                              3
  DAS      108 Practice Management*                             1    DAS      108   Practice Management                         1
  DAS      110 Internship*                                      1    DAS      106   Dental Science                              2
  DHY      101 Dental Head & Neck Anatomy*                      3    DHY      102   Dental Radiology                            3
  DHY      102 Dental Radiology*                                3    DHY      113   Dental Health Education                     1
  DHY      110 Medical Emergencies in the                            DAS      107   Clinical Assisting                          3
               Dental Office*                                   1    DAS      110   Internship                                  1
  DHY      112 Introduction to the Dental Professions*          4
  DHY      113 Dental Health Education I*                       1
  DHY      205 Dental Specialties I*                            1

  Total C redits Required for Certificate                   33

  A grade of “C+” is required in core dental courses in order
  to utilize them in transfer to Dental Hygiene.

  The minimum passing grade for all courses is “C.” If you
  earn a grade below “C,” you need to repeat that course.

**NOTE:This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other
       pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.


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